Appalachian Legend Lady

Published 5:48 pm Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Charlotte Ross will present a story-telling session at the Polk County Public Library Community Room on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. 

Ross is a “Road Scholar” sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council. The program is open to the public and planned by the Friends of the Polk County Public Library as part of their year-end membership meeting. An entertaining speaker along with music and refreshments makes this a not-to-be-missed event.

Dr. Ross is a freelance folklorist specializing in Appalachian regional culture. She has collected more than 4,000 tales of legends and laughter from these ancient hills that surround us. She is a spellbinding storyteller but she is foremost a teacher. She engages her audience as she conveys history and emotional intensity in stories that are replete with cultural values as they define the special people of Appalachia.

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“I love legends,” she said. “They are the most underappreciated form of narrative in America and one of the best.”